Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard is a robust and reliable foundation on which to develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications. Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard provides a secure network infrastructure and reduces costs while increasing technological flexibility and value within your organization.

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The Definitive Windows Storage Server

– Enterprise Capacity Powering Big Data
– SATA III and SAS 6G for Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds
– Productivity Enhancing Efficiency with Deduplication and ADS
– Single-Instance Storage (Dedup)
* The MS license needs to be purchased separately

Windows Storage Server Comparison Chart
Workgroup Standard Essentials
Ability to join a domain Yes Yes Yes
Data Deduplication No Yes Yes
BranchCache- Hosted Cache NO Yes Yes
Virtualization No Hyper-V Yes (2 VMs) No Hyper-V
Failover Clustering No Yes No
Networking infrastructure
(including DNS, DHCP, and WINS)
Yes Yes Yes
Windows Server Essentials Experience No No Yes
Active Directory
(Domain Controller, Certificate Services,
Federation Services, Rights Management)
No No Yes


Hardware Platform
Processor Intel® Core™ i3-2120 3.30GHz Processor
System Memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage (for Pre-installed OS) 2.5″ SATA
320GB 5400rpm/7200rpm above
LAN Interface RJ-45×3: Intel 82574L 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x6 (front x2, back x4) (Type A)
USB 3.0 host port x2 (back x2)
LED Indicator Power: (blue)
HDD 1-8 Activity/Fail (green/red)
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
Audio MIC input, Line input, Audio output
SAS/SATA controller (HBA), PCI-e (8-lane) LSI 2008 HBA card supports 6G SAS/SATA (x8)
Disk Interface 8 x SATA for internal
1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply Redundant power supply 350W or more
PCI-e Slots 8-lane (x3), One is used by SAS HBA
4-lane (x1)
1-lane (x1) used by CU30N (USB 3.0)
System Fan Hot swappable (x2)
RS232 1 (For UPS)
Buttons Power button (Front, shutdown controlled by user interface)
System reset button
Locator button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis 2U Rack mount
Dimensions (HxWxD) 87 x 438 x 595 (mm)
Weight (Kgs) 15.8
Software Functions Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard
Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) Yes
Thin Provisioning Yes
Storage Spaces
  • Mirroring
  • Two -way and three-way mirroring – for added protection
  • Parity (RAID 5)
SMB Transparent Failover Yes
Failover Clustering Yes
Cluster-Aware Updating Yes
Online CHKDSK scanning Yes
Scale-out active-active/continuously available file server Yes
SMB Multichannel Yes
SMB Direct (RDMA) Yes
SMB performance DAS equivalence Yes (97% of DAS transaction performance)
Hyper-V VHD files & SQL Server database files on SMB shared folders Yes
Online Backup to Cloud Yes
Hyper-V Replica Yes
NIC teaming Yes
Hyper-V share-nothing live storage migration Yes
Hyper-V Virtual Fiber Channel Yes
ReFS Yes
Native 4K Disk Support Yes
Virtual Disk Format VHDX up to 64 TB
Shared block storage (iSCSI Target + Diskless Boot) Yes
BranchCache Yes
Virtualization (Hyper-V host or guest support) Yes
Simplified Cluster Setup Yes
Networking Infra (Print, DHCP, DNS & WINS) Yes
NFS file sharing NFS v4.1
Deduplication Yes
OEM Customizable Out of Box Experience Yes
DFS-Namespace and Replication Yes
File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) Yes
File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) Yes
Domain Join Yes
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Yes
Windows Server Backup Yes
BitLocker Yes

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